Reading ease past The Might Posh with a 3-1 win!
Reading took on Peterborough United at the Select Car Leasing Stadium. Both were at the bottom of the table and in need of a point to help get them out of the relegation zone.
Late on in the first half, Frankie Kent became a bit impatient and lunged in at Tom Dele-Bashiry in his own box, leading him to receive a yellow card in the final minute of added time in the first half. The Posh used the half-time break to get back together and review the tactics. They ended up playing very strong in the first few minutes of the second half. They had many opportunities to score but when they got it into the box the goalkeeper just swept them up and stopped anything from happening.
Reading ruled the midfield for most of the game and left Peterborough split open on multiple occasions. Reading made sure to take every opportunity they could get. The control of the match that they had led to an easy victory. They didn’t face much of a challenge from Peterborough. Reading began to get back into the game in the 50th minute when The Posh began to settle down. Reading tried to claim 2 penalties but on both occasions, the referee just waved them away.
Ferguson trying to lift his players | Credit: Peterborough United
After 61 minutes the game was still goalless and the game still ended to end! Peterborough tries to break away and take advantage of the little number of Reading players back but the run is cut short. The reading players knew how to hold back The Posh attackers and it made them very frustrated. Reading was able to win a free kick on the edge of the box, they scored from the free-kick with a superb strike from John Swift. He placed it into the top corner! The game was 64 minutes in and it had just turned 1-0.
John Swift scoring the first goal for Reading | Credit: Peterborough United
Reading got the ball down the wing from the free-kick they had just won in their half and they got it to the edge of Peterborough’s box. The ball was put across the box and the striker let the ball roll into Tom Dele-Bashuri’s feet and he took a touch and slotted it into the bottom left-hand corner. 67th minute and Peterborough have fallen to 2-0 down.
Peterborough United walking back after conceding the second | Credit: Peterborough United
The posh began to push for a goal but they just lacked the final pass as it ended up being cut off by the Reading defenders. The Posh were given offside when Clark-Harris started his run just a little bit too early. They began to get the ball around Reading’s box and on one occasion won a free kick. The free-kick went behind the keeper and to the back post where the posh headed it home to make it 2-1. A great chance was taken by the posh. Thompson got up high to give Peterborough a chance in this game.
Thompson Scoring for The Posh to make it 2-1 | Credit: Peterborough United
The posh found their stride and began pinning Reading back to their box as they passed it around and found little paths they could have taken to get through this tough Reading defense but they were never able to get through. This is when The Posh started to pass the ball around the back but Reading was pressing too hard against them so they were never able to move forward. The long balls didn’t work either because Reading was just beating The Posh players to the first ball.
Reading continued to threaten down the wing as Peterborough fell apart and Reading were taking full advantage of the situation. With Peterborough in shambles, Reading took full control of this match and Peterborough just did whatever they could to stop Reading from getting into the box. Reading took long shots as they hoped they would go through the defense.
Reading broke away from a throw from the keeper and made it 3-1. Dele-Bashuri scored a brilliant goal that ultimately finished the posh. with the scoreline at 3-1 and the game in the 88th minute the posh were out of this game. Reading found themselves in great positions after this but was not able to take any. Full-time at the Select Car Leasing Stadium left Reading in 15th as they bagged 3 points. A poor display from the posh left them in 23rd, only staying above Nottingham Forest who still have a game in hand.
Kent applauds the fans at the end of the game | Credit: Peterborough United
Darren Ferguson had this to say after the game: “I thought we were the better team up until the hour mark.” “We are losing too many goals straight after one.” He hopes The Posh can bounce back from 4 defeats in a row but knows it will be difficult.